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7 Reasons Why The US Canabis Industry Is About To Be “Rocked”

As DataTrek's Nicholas Colas reminds us, recreational marijuana sales become legal in California starting on New Year’s Day 2018. Given that one in eight Americans live in the state, this move will have major implications for the entire US legal cannabis industry. So, to address any pent up investor questions, Colas has put together a […]


Illinois Lost 1 Resident Every 4.3 Minutes In 2017, Dropped To 6th Most Populous State

Illinois is drowning under a mountain of debt, unpaid bills and underfunded pension liabilities and it’s largest city, Chicago, is suffering from a staggering outbreak of violent crime not seen since gang wars engulfed major cities from LA to New York in the mid-90’s.  Here is just a small taste of some of our posts […]


SocGen: “Every Bit Of Good News – Including Tax Reform – Is Now Priced In”

The global stock market is just a few days from entering the history books, largely thanks to the constantly priced in tax reform. As SocGen calculates, and barring any end of year sell-off, the MSCI World index is set to record it first ever year of posting a positive total return in every single month […]


Tax-Reform Opponents Blast Treasury Report As “Nothing More Than One Page Of Fake Math”

Yesterday, we highlighted a one-page report prepared by the Treasury Department which claimed that – in what was perhaps one of the most unrealistically optimistic budget projections to ever be produced by the US government agency – the Senate’s version of the Republican tax plan would, somehow, bolster GDP to a 2.9% real growth rate […]


Does Trump’s Tax Plan Single Out Family Trusts As A Way To Subsidize Corporate Tax Cuts?

According to an analysis from the Tax Policy Center, the Senate’s recently passed tax plan will increase the after-tax income of folks in every income bracket.  Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and plenty of arguments to be had between the Left and Right over how the tax savings scraps should be divvied […]


Nearly Insolvent Illinois Just Issued AAA-Rated Bonds Via This Shady Goldman Sachs Financing Structure

The state of Illinois is a financial disaster that will undoubtedly be forced into bankruptcy at some point in the future.  As we’ve pointed out multiple times over the past several months, the state faces a staggering $130 billion funding gap on its public pensions, a mountain of debt and $16.4 billion in accrued payables […]


Dalio Confirms GOP Tax Plan “Good For Business”, Bad For Democratic States

Confirming what many have suggested, the billionaire founder of the world's largest hedge fund, warns in his latest letter to watch out for the effects of tax reform on migration, the fiscal conditions of affected states and cities, and an increased polarity in America. Birdgewater's Ray Dalio writes (via LinkedIn), While we have talked a […]


Trump Tax Plan Greatest Gift Establishment Ever Got

The following article by David Haggith was published on The Great Recession Blog: As soon as President Trump put his Goldman boys, Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin, in charge of his tax plan, I knew Trump’s tax plan would never fulfill his and his henchmen’s promises of helping the middle class and of not giving additional […]


The Geopolitical Video Game

Authored by Gail Tverberg via Our Finite World blog, The way the world economy is manipulated by world leaders is a little like a giant video game. The object of the game is to keep the world economy growing, without too many adverse consequences to particular members of the world economy. We represent this need […]


Germany Ends Tesla Model S Subsidies In Massive Blow To Company’s Government Funded Business Plan

Apparently German government officials have finally woken up to the realization that it’s utterly ridiculous to use tax revenue generated primarily from middle and low-income households to fund subsidy payments to rich people buying $100,000 luxury sports cars.  As Business Standard notes this morning, the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Controls announced […]


We Give Up! Government Spending And Deficits Soar Pretty Much Everywhere

Authored by John Rubino via DollarCollapse.com, A recurring pattern of the past few decades involves governments promising to limit their borrowing, only to discover that hardly anyone cares. So target dates slip, bonds are issued, and the debts keep rising. This time around the timing is especially notable, since eight years of global growth ought […]


Moody’s To State & Local Governments – Prepare For Climate Change Or Lose Access To Cheap Credit

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began on June 1 and ends today, featured the highest number of major hurricanes since the 2005 season and was only the second time that two Category 5 hurricanes made landfall. However, it was by far the costliest hurricane season on record, with a preliminary total of $368.7 […]


Why Eliminating The State And Local Tax Deduction Is A Terrible Idea

Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute, The tax "reform" currently being discussed in Washington is mostly a political exercise for politicians who can use the process to extract more campaign contributions from supporters, and punish non-supporters. The actual tax burden imposed on Americans overall will change little. The proposed elimination of the deduction […]


In Critical Test Of Tax Reform Bill, Senate Narrowly Approves Motion To Start Debate With 52-48 Vote

Update (5:55PM EST): After a full day of debating the GOP tax reform bill, the Senate has now approved a motion to…drum roll please…debate the GOP tax reform bill.  As we detailed below, this was the first big test for the GOP’s tax bill before the entire Senate and it narrowly passed with a vote […]


GOP “Lovefest” Or McCain Mayhem: Crucial Procedural Vote On Senate Tax Bill Expected Later Today

Update (3:15PM EST): Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who was a key swing vote against several Obamacare repeal and replace bills earlier this year, has confirmed that she will vote in favor on the Senate’s tax bill. Alaska’s Sen. @lisamurkowski will vote YES on the GOP tax bill, her office tells me. — Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) […]